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Ron Moore is Down to Doing Romance Novels

Caprica failed, Precinct 17 didn’t get picked up and SyFy decided it wasn’t in the science fiction business anymore, so Blood and Chrome clashed with its new image of ordering crappy imitation reality shows that other networks did first. So what is supergenius Ron Moore doing now? A cable adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander historical romance novels.

How bad is this crap? I’ll give you the last sentence from the descrip. “Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire… and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”

Viewers with above room temperature IQ’s will be irreconcilably torn between not watching this and moving to a country that doesn’t have television.

Not that we’re in any real danger of seeing this make it to television. Ron Moore doesn’t have a great track record with developing novels into cable shows. He was on Dragonriders of Perth and that never happened. But if it had, I picture a bunch of angry dragonriders wearing suits and driving humvees while screaming non-stop at each other about religion before committing suicide… just like Battlestar Galactica.

Sony decided that it wants to get a chunk of that sweet Game of Thrones action and Outlander probably isn’t the only trashy book series that can be loosely called fantasy being adapted for television. In an environment where Fifty Shades of Grey is being turned into a movie, there’s no real shame in it. But by the time Outlander goes through the process, the heat on Game of Thrones will have cooled and no one will be that interested in an expensive television series about “a gallant and passionate young Scots warrior” or “a passionate love so absolute” except maybe the Hallmark Channel.

But the true passionate love story is the forbidden love of fanboys for Ron Moore’s pseudo-intellectual “makes Lost look like a model of plotting and storytelling” crap.

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  • Heavy Armor July 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Ron Moore never seems to catch a break.

    I remember when he insisted that he was nothing like Rick Berman. And then he has to helm his own TV series, and it turns that he learned much from Berman, because he makes the same missteps that Berman did – while blaming others…just like Berman.

    The worst part for him is that the shows and concepts that last longer than a few episodes are all those that other people had developed previously. Anything he has to create from scratch seems to crash shortly after takeoff.

    Oh, well.

    • Space Ramblings July 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Ron Moore suffers from Lost Syndrome. He’s good at coming up with ideas, terrible at following through on them.

      When he comes up with a new show, he has one big idea, for Caprica and Virtuality it was virtual reality. When that idea runs out and he has to do the boring stuff, the bottom falls out.

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